These are a few of my favourite things-part 2
December 8, 2012 by outofmyshed
Inspired by Wellywoman’s Golden Welly awards, we suspicion I’d have a demeanour behind over a year and round-up some of my favourite horticultural experiences. So in no sold sequence (other than what initial pops into my head)…..
On a third weekend each June, customarily hidden Canal Gardens in Amsterdam are open to a public, so we popped over to Holland with associate blogger Veronica (you can customarily see her there in a background) to have a look. (In 2013 Open Canal gardens are 14-16 Jun ).I have to admit, a ubiquitous box parterres were somewhat strenuous by a finish of a weekend, yet we desired a hulk well-developed sculptural box forms in this garden during Kerkstraat 67.
Impeccably maintained, this garden was a many inspirational by distant out of a 25 gardens or so that we packaged in over a dual days.
I haven’t been to Amsterdam for years, and I’d lost what a illusory place it is customarily to hang out. And maybe a genuine horticultural provide for me over a weekend was not so many a waterway gardens (although some were stunning), yet a good planting that we see in a streets around this pleasing city.
At each turn, pots were ripping with blooms,
and roses ornate all demeanour of objects, clearly springing out of low concrete. Amazing!
To finish a horticulturally themed weekend, we dined during De Kas restaurant, a brief tram float customarily outward a city centre. It’s a fanciful spot. Vegetable beds approximate an outrageous revamped metropolitan hothouse and dining in this open ethereal structure combined to a fun of eating their tasty meals, where uninformed furnish from a gardens is used as many as possible.
Back in Blighty, we know it wasn’t a good year for tomatoes, yet Black Krim, a beefsteak accumulation that I’d tasted a prior summer during Victoriana Nurseries , was another well-developed delight. It looks furious and tastes great. Really tasty and rich. I’m unequivocally flourishing these again subsequent year.
Another succulent success was flourishing potatoes on tip of grass. Following my revisit to Charles Dowding’s ‘no dig’ farm, we experimented with a few Charlotte potatoes in April, planting directly on tip of uninformed weed and covering with about 6 inches of recycled metropolitan compost.
I earthed adult a potatoes once and was rewarded with a unequivocally healthy 15lbs value of potatoes come August.
This no puncture process worked equally good with some beautiful birthright varieties too (Arran Victory above), this time planted on tip of dirt during my allotment, again, with positively no digging. Not all of my experiments work out, yet this one was a outrageous success and I’ll be regulating this ‘no dig’ process for any potatoes grown in a destiny and we demeanour brazen to perplexing it out for other base veg too in a new year.
And last, yet by no means least, was a unequivocally beguiling herb march during Judith Hann’s garden in Oxfordshire. After a march we felt truly desirous to get planting and cooking with a whole store of spices that I’d never grown before.
Lovage (bottom right), Sweet Cicely (top left), buckler root Sorrel (top right)
and Tarragon (above) are now organisation favourites and I’m unequivocally looking brazen to harvesting from spices planted this summer come 2013.
I know it’s been another bizarre flourishing year, yet notwithstanding a peculiar beating (leeks,.. squash), I’ve desired perplexing out new flourishing methods, opposite varieties of veg and training some-more from eager and knowledgable gardeners. And I’ve collected loads some-more ideas that we wish to put into use subsequent year (fruit tree training interjection to Paul Templeton). It will be good to hang adult my gardening boots for a integrate of weeks over Christmas, (and start reading my tantalizing accumulate of gardening books), yet we know I’ll be some-more than prepared to get experimenting again come a new year.
P.s. These are a few of my favourite things-Part 1
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